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>> all right. have you that on your ipod. the bat mobile has a new owner and an incredible price. the original selling at auction for $4.2 million. >> wow. >> the iconic car used in the 1960 sdz tv show, back when they were in the cave. the new owner's rick champagne -- great name. >> great name. >> he runs a logisticking
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company in tempe, arizona. he will put it on display in his living room. >> do you think he's a bachelor? >> i would imagine. >> rick champagne with a bat mobile in his living room is probably a bachelor. >> party at rick's house. see you tomorrow, right? from washington. >> good morning and welcome to the nation's capitol, as we kick off our special coverage of inauguration weekend. >> i'm bret baier. >> i'm megyn kelley. here's a live look at the national mall, where most of the festivities will take place. we'll tell you everything you need to know about the inauguration of barack obama, the 44th president of the united states. >> the political theater and dignified simplicity, designed to show off a new nation's representativive government. today is special because it's
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sunday. tomorrow is the ceremonial swearing in on the mall. >> in this day and age, inaugurations have their own set of challenges. we will go over over the logistics and the schedule and the security. >> the formal swearing in is today. today is january 20, the constitutionally mandated day the president must be sworn in. that takes place in about an hour at the white house. we will get a preview from ed henry. >> good morning. interesting, the crowd's a lot smaller than they were four years ago. but still, as you noted, a lot of pomp and circumstance. it started when the president went to arlington national cemetery, met up with vice-president biden. there was a laying of a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. the vice-president had been sworn in already this morning, a little bit earlier than the president. that's in part because he was sworn in by justice sotomayor who has a book signing this
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afternoon in new york city. they wanted to get that done at the vice-president's residence this morning. less than an hour from now, in the blue room, specifically, the president will be sworn in, just around noon, according to the constitution, as you said. but when it falls on a sunday, they do the ceremonial swearing in, of course, on monday, it is capitol west front. we are told in terms of a preview, the president will talk a lot about coming together, something that his senior adviser david plouffe previewed this morning. the republicans say the early signs they see from the president sound like more of the same. >> he's going to talk about our political system doesn't require us to resolve all of our disputes, but it does require us to seek common ground. he will make that point very strongly, that people here in washington need to see common ground. he's going to talk about how the american people, if they are not engaged in these debates in washington, progress and change
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won't happen. >> there is only one guy who can lead in washington to find a solution to big problems and that's the president. i was surprised this week to see him transition his campaign committee into an ongoing campaign-style effort to haveap impact on the washington debate because it doesn't seem to me that the lesson of the first term would be that that worked out very well. >> i am told there won't be a lot of policy details in the inaugural address, it will be more big-picture themes. the details will come out in the state of the union address, next month. the president's recent days have been showing a more aggressive tone on gun control that he wants to focus on. and there are a lot of left yoarnover issue, stubbornly high unemployment, the fact that he promised to cut the debt in half that, haipt happened. theyville a joyous day today and then back to business. >> did anyone find it strange that the swearing in was moved
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up because of a book signing in new york? >> it did seem odd. normally, you would do those things back to back here at white house. but instead, justice sotomayor has her memoirs out. the vice-president decided to accommodate her. since they are doing the ceremonial ones tomorrow, there will be four in total. >> ed, we will head back later, thank you. >> happened to see justice sotomayor last night. and there was an interesting exchange. i will tell you about it -- a little later in the broadcast. >> there is a tease for you. >> wow. >> got a little inside information for you today. the wearing-in will be held on the west side of the capitol. we go live to mike emanuel who is on the hill this afternoon. and that started really in ernest when president reagan wanted it to be on the west side of the capitol to face his native california. now it's usually where it's held. >> reporter: the mood is lighter here than we have seen
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in the very serious fishal fights going on. the theme of this inaugural, of course, is facing america's future as we head into the 57th inaugural ceremony. the uniquely american celebrations have been going on. it feels like they are just about ready. they have had walk-throughs to make sure that dignitaries, staff and security and the media are prepared and on at this time same page. they will do it tomorrow with up to 800,000 people around the national mall and around the capitol building and millions more watching on television. another 10,000 parade marchers will participate. to give you a sense. lighter mood here on capitol hill, there are inaugural gifts for the president and vice-president, which we have gotten a sneak peek at, lennox one-of-a-kind crystal vases. here's chuck schumer, joint of the joint congressional committee on the inaugural
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ceremonies. >> this is a tradition. lennox has always made a gift to the president of the united states, starting with the first george bush, which is not surprising. he very good taste. >> there you go. chuck schumer complimenting a bush, gives you a sense of a lighter mood. we expect everybody to be in a pretty good mood the next 24, to 36 hours and then we expect they will beat each other's brains out over debt, spending and other crisis on tuesday. >> lovely. >> we will talk about the memory memories from inaugurations past. a couple of veteran reporters. brit hume and "fox news sunday" host, chris wallace. what are your thoughts? >> well, i notice that miss america, who has been invite to this inaugural has said she won't come because it's going to
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be too cold t. made me think of the first inaugural i attended, which was 1953. i was a 9-year-old -- no kidding. >> god, you're old. >> no kidding. >> all i can remember is that a fourth grader in the stands on pennsylvania avenue, i remember nothing about what the president said. i remember nothing about the parade. i remember one thing and one thing only -- it was freezing. >> i think we remember some dating at conventions that we heard about -- >> nothing about inaugurations. the first inauguration i covered was 1981. the first reagan inaugural. in this group -- in any case, it was very exciting. as you said, it was facing west. when you saw it because if you face east, you are facing a parking lot. for a century, they always faced the parking lot, you think, why didn't they say, hey, you are facing the mall, the monuments,
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one fact was exciting, second reagan and he said, government is not the solution it our problem. you really had the sense he was going to turn federal washington around. the other very memorable thing about 1981, the hostages were being released by iran, jimmy carter was there, he had been up all night, trying to arrange that. as they came off the platform after the speeches, sam donaldson, shouted to carter, are they out yet? he said, no. the ayatollah specifically made it so it wasn't until reagan got to the lunch that the host amtion cleared iranian air space. the second reagan inaugural was even colder, 7 degrees. the only time i ever wore a hat hotel vision. they had to hold the inauguration inside. >> in the rotunda. >> does anybody remember the richard nixon with the dead birds along the road? he was so determined not to have
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any pigeon droppings fall on him in the limousine with the top down, he had "roost no more" sprayed along the parade route. $13,000 this cost the taxpayers and there were dozens of dead birds lining the streets [overlapping dialogue] >> a troubled administration. >> i remember when president bush 41 was inaugurated and kept getting out of the limousine. there was a great assignment where you are on the photographer's truck. i had a radio mike and they would come to me at ground level. he kept stopping and getting out. nobody knew when he was going to do it. david brink leasked me, what do you think's going to happen next? i said, i woon be surprised if he stopped for a piz a. he
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thought that was funny, which probably got me out of trouble. >> this is today because it's a subbed. they don't do the public inauguration on sunday. this will be the seventh time that the constitutionally mandated inauguration has fallen on a sunday. the last one was reagan -- >> that's right. 1995. >> and the cold inauguration inside because it was too cold. >> they had to move the swearing-in inside on monday, they moved the entire inaugural parade to a football stadium in landover maryland. they were worried people were going on freeze today. i had to stand out on the north lawn of the white house. >> what are the odds that chief justice john roberts will uses a note card to avoid the same oath snafu that happened to him last time. >> 102%. >> i'll bet you. >> i'll bet you. i will bet you a quarter. >> i bet he doesn't. >> this will be the second president in american history who takes the oath of office
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four times -- >> after fdr. >> this guy had two, the original one and the re-do, first term, today, and tomorrow, four times. >> barnes & noble gets a big scheduling tip of the hat for signing the memoir on the day of the swearing-in. >> is it really out of barnes & noble? >> yes! >> you are the big supreme court -- what if the justices started wearing advertisements on their robes, like nascar drivers -- barnes & noble, lennox china -- >> i like it. >> i will tell you what happened. >> i want to hear! >> i boarded my flight last night to come down here. they hold using, saying they are not ready. we are standing here, ready to get on. it wasn't that they weren't ready. justice sotomayor walks in front of everybody because she's a supreme court justice and they get her on the ?riet as they do
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with any supreme court justice. she is in front of me. she was very nice, very gracious to me and to everybody else. then you hear the pilot, inside the cochpotpit, who doesn't know his voice can carry, very clearly saying, is that justice sotomayor? yeah, yeah. isn't she the one who made that wise latina comment with years of experience would come to a better judgment than a white man... she turned around and she says to the entire cabin, i'll never live it down. very good. >> she'll be signing today... no. gentlemen, thank you. >> marvelous book. >> much more ahead on the inauguration when we come back. >> a check of the other day's -- other news of the day, easy for me to say, including the dead lie situation in algeria. we will have a live update on that, after the break. [ male announcer ] what!!??
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>> it's a beautiful day here in washington, d.c., while all of wash is focused on this inauguration, there are developments in the growing terror threat in algeria. the state department warns there are credible threats of more kidnapping attempts on westerners. as investigators continue to search the scene of yesterday's bloody hostage standoff.
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connor powell has the latest. >> reporter: algerian officials have spent the day sifting through the debris of air truly awful scene. the officials there are finding dozens of bodies, but many of them are so badly damaged they can't tell if they are members of the terrorists group that took that b.p. gas plant over or members of the hostages taken, kidnapped by the ishamic terrorists. making matters worse, security officials in algeria say they are finding bombs and booby traps and mines. identifying the bodies and the scene there is very slow going, making the matters very, very difficult there. the algerian government says that in total, 32 islamic terrorists were killed in the raid by algerian special forces. as of now, 23 foreign hostages were killed. but according to one security official in algeria, that number
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is likely to increase and maybe dramatically so in the next 24 to 48 hours as officials try to piece together whap there and who has been killed and who is unaccounted for. but the family members and the western government who is had citizens at this plant want answers quickly. and those answers are unlikely to have tohappen any time soon. officials in algeria are saying this is going to take sometime and family members want answers quickly. >> thank you. >> now to another topic, gun appreciation day appears to be a success from the organizers' point of view and the second amendment debate is not going anywhere. the issue is a major platform in the president's second-term agend a. the grassroots organization will help promote and push the agenda. he and the vice-president are planning to take the message they brought forward after the gun task force, unveiling last week, on the road.
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doug, some appear to be saying, it's priority 1 for this president? >> reporter: others saying it is not priority 1. we shall see. but after the trauma of the sandy hook massacre, the urgent call to limit easy access to guns has exposed the american cultural divide over firearms. the president has offered 23 executive actions to strengthen background checks and better address mental hent and called for armed officers in schools that want them. but it's fraught with danger for the president. there are 20 democratic senate seats up for grabs in 2014, including in the gun-friendly states of arkansas, alaska, iowa, colorado and south dakota, which suggests any gun control measuresville to be a compromise. >> everyone's trying to divert from the core issue. there is a huge consensus in the
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country, including a vast majority of valentine republicans that things like assault weapons, high-capacity magazine, universal background check, making progress on mental health -- these are things we should and can do to help reduce gun violence. >> this is something we can do something about -- mental health, information sharing, background checks and other things as well, but it has to be a plan that could work or the president won't get it done. >> even one of the most liberal members in the senate, patrick leahy said he will hold hearings on gun control, but not another two weeks. he is a gun owner. he has a shooting range in his back yard. >> thank you. >> the constitution says that the president's term ends at noon on january 20. that's why he needs to be sworn in for a second term at lech:55. we are moments away from that happening, a half hour or so. we will go to the mall, next. >> looking live at the white
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house, the president will be sworn in just before noon in the blue room. we will bring it to you live, here. we will check in with our reporters all over washington. keep it here on fox newschannel for special inauguration coverage.
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>> just minutes away from president obama's official swearing-in for his second term. almost 2 million people crowded the national mall four years ago for the president's first inauguration. >> it was so jam packed, they called it purple tunnel of doom, the third street tunnel. the people had the tickets but there were so many, they couldn't make it, standing in a tunnel i. cold. >> probably want going to happen this time. officials are predicting just a
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fraction of that, 600,000, they believe will show up, between 600 and 800,000. it's not unusual for the second term to be less fanfare. but our chief political correspondent is live on the national mall and today, right now, nobody's there. hey, carl. >> reporter: hi. of course, it's a big deal, every four years, we inaugurate a new president or re-inaugurate an existing one. the obama administration acknowledges it will be more subdued in part, difference to the sluggish economy and the challenges that the nation faces and the crowds will be smaller. george h.w. bush and george w. bush won't be here. there have been pres debts where presidents in the past haven't made it. george h.w. bush just got out hospital, which is why they won't be here. mitt romney won't be here. the last time a vanquished opponent didn't show up was in
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1985 for ronald reagan, and walter mondale was a no-show. that was the last time that the 20th state fell on a sunday and they had to do the monday as i rememberrial, versus another day. and back in those days, it was the coldest one on record, 7 degrees. there will be differences between the obama 2009 and 2013. four years ago, the crowd estimate was nearly 2 million people. there is a big parlor game about whether the crowd estimates on the mall are ever accurate. but nearly 2 million. now they are saying between 600- to 800,000. and there are a series of other things. and the money. four years ago, the obama administration, the obama campaign raised $53 million for the inaugural with personal contributions, all capped at
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$50,000 or less and there was disdain expressed by the administration about taking corporate money, et cetera. all of those conditions have been lifted. they are taking corporate monet and $50,000 cap has been lifted and it's smaller. they don't expect to raise $53 million, making it easier to raise, they are saying between $40 to $50. so there is a smaller nature. that's historically consistent. inaugural speeches tend to be over hyped and anti-climactic, and the second one, even more so. >> thanks. >> a look back at the president's first term and a look ahead, when we come back. >> this is fox news special coverage of the inauguration weekend. i gave birth to my daughter on may 18th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me.
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>> welcome back to washington, where we are 25 minutes away from barack obama taking the oath, teltechnically for the third time as president, since he and the chief justice flubbed it first time and had to redo t. he will take that oath in the blue room of the white house in a private ceremony that we will be able to show you before he has the public ceremony around the same time tomorrow. >> as you look live at the white house, we have a bunch of shots throughout washington you may be seeing because it's a special weekend. >> they're pretty. >> different.
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>> that's a great onist that's from the top of the washington monument. that's the white house complex from the south lawn. there you see the mall. the mood here this weekend is much different from four years ago, fewer people, perhaps fewer expectations, the sense of optimism from many has waned after four tough economic years. what is next for this president? who will he be turping to? >> on this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. unity of purpose over conflict and discord. >> barack obama swept into the presidency on the wings of change. the definitive pick of an energized electorate, the nation's first african-american president. he started on day 1 with action, on an early promise. >> there we go. >> his order to close the detention guantanamo bay, within one year. >> is there a separate executive
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order, greg, with respect to how we are going to dispose of the detainees? is that ready? >> gitmo, as it's known, remains open, almost four years to the day after that signing. [clanging bell] >> as he said on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012, the economy was his job one. >> a bill is passed. >> he had great hopes for his stimulus bill, which squeaked through congress in february 2009, with just three republicans in the senate and none in the house voting for. >> it the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history. i hope this investment will ignite our imagination once more. >> one month later, he was calling for the bailout of general motors and chrysler to the tune of $62 billion. >> we will not let our auto industry simply vanish. >> critics called it a waste and questioned the logic of the government taking an ownership
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share in private economies. but supporters say it saved the economy from really tanking and called the bailout a huge success. >> clearing the bailing out of general motors ranks very high. it helped him in ohio and michigan on the campaign trail. >> tim geithner, the key to t.a.r.p., has made the case for tougher regulations on wall street, leading to the todd-frank bill, the president signed into law. >> there will be no more tax-funded bailouts. period. >> years of spending added up and the debt ceiling talks of 2011 led to a budget standoff between democrats and republicans who had taken back control of the house in the mid-terms. >> is there a risk that the united states could lose its triple-a credit rating, yes or no? >> no risk of that. >> no risk. >> the debt ceiling was raised in august, the political fight and the spotlight on the count
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row's deficit and debt problems led s&p to downgrade the u.s. credit rating for the first time in history. >> geithner steered the major economic moves in the first term, now he's stepping down at treasury. the pick to replace him is jack lew, who has established a close relationship with the president. he is know chummy with the republicans on the hill after the debt ceiling negotiation. for that reason and other, his looming confirmation hearing could be bumpy. but if confirmed, lew will likely be dealing with the top issue in this second term, how to get the economy moving and addressing the count re's long-term fiscal problems. >> this is a president that is forced to grapple to the tenor of our times with the budget woes, with the economy that can't get over the hump. it's going to consume most of his time, i believe, in the second term. >> what he cannot do, going into this term is go from economic
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crisis to economic crisis. that's not leadership. what he will have to do is figure out how we address this in a broader policy way. >> health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait and won't wait another year. >> he chose kansas governor kathleen sebelius to get health care legislation done, he largely passed control over to continuing to get -- to congress to get the bill together. it became a messy process, about a 2,000-plus-page bill. >> this notion that this has been not transparent and people don't know what's in the bill -- everyone knows what's in the bill. i sat for 7 hour it's. >> the deals that are in or want today. >> i just told you what was -- >> is connecticut in? >> connecticut -- what are you specifically referring to i. $100 million for the hospital, is montana in for the obvious
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program? is -- you know, listen, there are people -- this is real money. >> absolutely. >> people are worried about this stuff. >> as i said before, the final provisions are going to be posted for many days before this thing passes. >> it did pass. and was signed into law. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states of america, barack obama. [cheers and applause] >> everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health. >> president obomba seemed to fend off the health care law criticism on the campaign trail. >> i like the phrase obamacare because you know what? i do care. >> it's an alexander batross around the president. >> secretary sebelius is staying on for a second term and will oversee the major aspects of the health care law implementation, scheduled to take effect in
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2014. there are many major questions about the health care law that remain unanswered about access, cost and total coverage. and that's even before it's been set up anywhere. >> the wild card is how companies deal with this. if companies drop coverage and agreeing to pay the penalty, we have a new situation. >> for all the talk about u.s. troop moves under president obama, doubling down in afghanistan. >> it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. >> winding down and eventually ending the war in iraq. >> now, it's time to turn the page. >> certainly, his first term and perhaps his entire presidency will be remembered for one night. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that kill ed osama bin laden. >> he escaped the problem that
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democrats have been since vietnam is become weak on national security. exhibit "a" is killing osama bin laden. >> the truth is, it's our seal who is did it and both the bush and the obama administration deserves credit. but it happened under the president's watch. >> i wanted to present with you a little gift which represents what president obama and vice-president biden and i have been saying, we want to reset our relationship. >> the much touted u.s. reset with russia never seemed to materialize. after president obottomma was caught on camera, apparently going the extra mile to assure the russians about future u.s. missile defense moves. >> after my election, i will be more flexible. >> it's going to be harder this time. i don't see where u.s./russian relations can productively go. that's going to be a big problem for the president, starting, of
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course, with syria. but ooh ran is the even bigger issue that is undecided. we have gotten some russian help, so far on iran. but it doesn't mean we will get russian help with the next step. >> the arab spring signaled the fall of middle-east leaders with whom u.s. officials had, for 30 years, cultivated careful relationships. president obama called on hosni mubarak to step down. >> a change must take place. >> allocated u.s. resources for a no-fly zone in libbia, leading to the killing of moammar khadafy. but while calling for bashir al-assad to step down, a war continues. >> overall, president obama's legacy toward the middle-east is one of limited american activism. that is carcaturd by how we handled egypt, libya, syria,
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iraq. >>. >> there are unanswered questions about the investigation into the 9/11 aparticular on the -- attack on the benghazi complex that killed a u.s. ambassador and three others. we have yet to hear from the survivors. secretary clinton will testify on capitol hill, wednesday. there are not a lot of changes in direction, policywides, perhaps less inclination for american intervention. senator john kerry isine as a shoo-in to replace secretary clinton. the president's pick of chuck hagel sends a similar message -- he's a republican, but his past statements on israel and iran and his opposition to the troop surge in iraq will likely make for a heated confirmation process. if confirmed, hagel will likely lead major budgetary belt tightening at the pentagon. in the second term, many look for one last big push --
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immigration reform. >> the second term offers the president to be more risky, i think in terms of policies that they know are politically changing like immigration reform. >> with a growing latino vote, putting additional pressure ahead of 2016. >> the growing number of latinos and how they will affect the elections puts a lot of onous both parties to get something done. >> others feel the time has passed for big, bold moves. >> this gridlock in washington is very real. it is not going anywhere. the president has to wake up, determined not to be a lame duck president. >> he will be huddled with advisers, white house chiefs of staff manage the president's schedule. in the words of one insider, they make the trains come and go. in his first term, the president had a record number of chiefs of staff. look at that. and with lew going to treasury, if confirmed, the top national
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security aide, dennis mcdonough is said to be next in line. that's amazing to look at all of those people. >> amid the shuffles, among the inner team, valerie jarrett who seems to have unique access and influence is said to have the closest relationship in terms of his advisers. >> she's really tight. said to be his alter ego. >> she will be there another four years as well. >> that's right. we are moments away from his swearing in, to his second term. >> that was a good parges by the way. >> thank you. >> a walk down memory lane. >> we walked down a lot of memory lanes. we worked on that for a while. >> the moment with clinton administration was classic. >> the reset. >> we will talk about what to expect in the second term with our panel next. what are you doing?
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>> welcome back. a live look at our nation's capitol, as we await the official swearing-in of president obottom amount of joining us now, charles krauthammer. and justin powers and steve hayes. charles? >> obama has showed in his first term that he thinks large. he sees himself as a historical president who will change the united states. he actually said, in the way that reagan was historically...
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important president in a way that a clinton or a nixon was not. he sees himself in that mode. he has accomplished in the first term something revolutionary, with national health care, that liberals have dreamed of for a hundred years and succeeded in increasing the tax scplefl spending level in a country that was unprecedented. so i think he wants to go very large in the second term, in that -- i think we he will try to do it on immigration. initially, he will try on guns. but i think he wants to push us towards a european state -- more entitlementsments and raise the revenue so we become much more like a european social democratic state. he might have some success. >> i think a lot of liberals would be thrilled if that was the case. you hear this a lot, that he is going to be this transformational person who will do all of these big things. but the question is -- does he have a desire to do that?
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certainly. but can he do it? he has a house that will keep him in check. he hasn't shownan ability to work with them well. so i am interested to see what he says in his inaugural address and the state of the union. it's clear that immigration is on the table -- that's an area where you can work with republicans. about in terps of other big, transformational things, i am going to wait and see. i haven't seen the big transformations that i think conservatives say have occurred. i think health care was historic, but not the transformation that it could have been. >> i think he has been cons quential. whether you agree with him or not. he has done big things, whether it's health care and the stimulus. people overlook what an impact, in just raising the overall levels of our spending. it's been a big boost. we haven't gone back to those pre-stimulus levels and there is no sign we are going to. i expect the fot work on consolidating the gains he made,
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particularly with the imp levellation of health care, which is already seeing challenges. if there is one thing that could slow down his grand ambitions, it's complications with that. >> don't you think health care is the big question mark for this second term? because we don't know, as we said in that piece, what companies will do. we don't know how this is going to be implemented. we have a number of states that haint haven't signed onto this thing. >> i think you are right. if you talk to business owners and i talked to a lawyer from austin, texas, which is his business at this point -- and the number of businesses who don't yet realize that they have been to be making the changes now, this is not going to wait, they have to be making changes now for kare-11 to happen. add to that, all the complications from the regulations coming out of hhs, i think you have a potential mess on your hand. if the president has to spend time tending to that, that could complicate his agenda for bigger-ticket items. >> how much of the next year
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will be devoted to trying to set republicans up for failure in the mid-term elections? >> i think that's a great objective. i think the legacy he would like to leave is if not the disruption, but the minutia of the opposition. the way he exceeded in the cliff-hanging negotiations to drive a wedge among republicans and leave them historically weakened. i think that's one legacy he wants to leave. >> and that would be in the mid-term elections. normally a second-term president doesn't really care about that because he has four years and that's. it but i think he seem sees himself historically important in changing the nature of the social contract. but also, in truly making the democrats the dominant party and reducing the republicans. >> we will start with you next hour. we are minutes away from the official swearing in, right after this break.
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>> welcome back, focs. we're moments away from barack obama's second inauguration that will take place inside the blue room, looking south toward the washington monument. it's the most elegant and formal of the white house room, where the president greets his most important foreign visitors. and we expect chief justice roberts to give the oath in moments. >> president obama will be sworn in by chief justice roberts, as we have been talking about. brit hume is here, as well as
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chris wallace. gentlemen, this is, as we talked about, a sunday swearing-in. it is still a moment for the nation because it is -- well, it's just what we get to every four years, the result of everyone voting and it's a moment for the nation to look at our process. >> absolutely. i mean, it is not as dramatic as when there is a transfer of power from one president to another. but it's still pretty dramatic. you have the chief justice of the united states who has been at loggerheads, except on health care, with this president. and the president is taking the oath of office and solemnly swearing and beginning with george washington back on -- it was constitution hall in new york city? and it's pretty darn dramatic. i can't wait to see the picture. it will be a moment in history. >> this is a moment of celebration because of what we
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are having here, it's a peaceful return to power of this president in a world in which leaders in many places shoot their way into power and stand power at the point of a gun. i remember being up there on -- when bill clinton was sworn in as president. jerry lewis, veteran republican congressman from california there was and he was in the happiest mood. i said, you know, what are you so happy about today? you -- the president other other party won the election. he said, look, this is a great moment. this is america. this is what we are about. this is something to celebrate. i think he's right. >> we are being told that the president has entered the blue room. his family entered momes before. as soon as we all get the shot of the blue room, simultaneously, we will bring that to you. the president will be using the robinson family bible to swear on today. that was a gift from the first lady's father to his own
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mother -- his mother was the first african-american manager of a moody bible. and he will use that, and tomorrow, the bible that abraham lincoln used on his inauguration and one used by martin luther king. there you have it, a shot of the blue room, aptly named. >> this is a look inside the white house with chief justice john roberts. let's listen in to the white house for swearing-in of president barack obama. >> please, raise yush right hand and repeat after me, i barack, husays obama do solemnly swear hay will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states and will to the best of my ability preserve,
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protect and defend... the constitution of the united states. so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you mr. chief justice. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. >> i did it. all right. thank you, everybody. >> and with that, president obam has started his second term. it's amazing to watch. you saw the president enter the second term, the 44th president of the united states with a swearing-in by the chief justice and megyn kelley. >> i owe wallace a quarter. >> he did use the notes. >> he missed it up the first
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time -- do you think -- >> he's had four years to study up on it. >> i understand that, but you need the safety net there. >> you know, it was interesting to hear the president remark to his daughter, i did it. that can cover not just taking the oath, but i -- i won. it can cover so much. it's fun, brit, to see the daughters now, four years later, watching those beautiful girls grow up. >> an attractive family. and the dors are growing up. the room looked all but empty. i didn't know whether this was a live shot or a still photograph. then, of course, the room was populated. there has been speculation, i saw on the internet, people saying, how can they do that in private nsecret? that was about the least secret event, in addition to the camera and the microphones, we saw everything. i believe there is a pool -- >> a small pool of reporters in there. >> typically the way the white house is covered. the building is small. the people covering it is huge in number and have you to carve
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out a small group of people that represent everybody. they didn't get to do anything. >> to megyn's point, diit -- you forget the family, living for four years now, and now another four years, inside this bub they'll we call the white house. pretty amazing. >> well, absolutely. and like brit, one of the things you had to notice was that these little girls -- and they were little girls four years ago, have grown into beautiful and from what i hear, very poised young ladies. and you have to think about the next four years, particularly malia, who will be a full-fledged teenager with boys and dates and secret service agents. that's going to be interesting -- >> poor girl. >> the president said one reason he wanted to be president was to have armed people around his daughter on a date. -- >> be careful with that -- >> chris, you remember when art buchwald, the humor columnist,
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wrote a play called something like sheep on the runway or something, about life in the white house, the signature song from the musical, which didn't go far, but it played in washington. it was called the secret service makes me nervous, it was a complaint of one of the daughters of the family, trying to live in the cacoon of security. >> the majesty of those few word, the presidential oath, written into the constitution, given by every -- i swear or i affirm, by every president since george washington and to see the chief justice delivering the oath and the president making the oath -- it's got to give you goose bumps. i know some of pulike barack obama, some you don't. but he's the american president and that is our constitution in action. >> if you missed it today, you can see it tomorrow, with a lot more grandure. thank you. let's go live to the white house on the north lawn. >> reporter: good to see you. you are reminded the president
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is a human being. turning to his wife, saying, thanks, sweetie. turning to his daughter, saying, i did it. he is still a human being, with a lot of challenges before him. why he picked the blue room. this is a room, 30 by 40 feet, much smaller than of the east room and a lot of ceremonial rooms here when we cover the president. we are told that the president wanted to make it much more intimate, just with family and a very small group of friends. very few, if any administration officials, keep this together as a family. and then, obviously, as you noted tomorrow, a big challenge with the inaugural address. this is the 16th president to be elected to two consecutive terms. we hear a lot about second-term curse it's nixon or reagan -- impeachment, watergate, things that have blown up in second terms. one thing to remember is that ronald reagan got tax reform in his second term.
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got a major arms control treat werussia. bill clinton balancessed the federal budget, snag both parties say they want to do and will be front and center in the days ahead. the bottom line is this is a president with an enormous opportunity before him. but let's not forget, some major challenges as well. >> a lot of people talk about when a second term becomes a lame duck. and it seems like the time clinks. >> reporter: it does. >> especially in recent years. >> reporter: no doubt. >> how much of a push do you think this president is going to make on big, bold moves, like immigration. he said he will push this -- this gun measure that he announced last week. what do you think is really behind the white house thinking? >> reporter: what's behind it is right to your point about timing and becoming a lame duck. they want to move on all of that, gun control, immigration reform, because they know they
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have to deal with the debt ceiling as l. i spoke to one of the president's closest advisers who told me, point blank, the president has told him, he knows he has about a year to get the big things done. then he becomes a lame duck and then you have to start shifting more and more toward foreign policy, traveling around the world. on the domestic agend ahe has a very short time before he becomes a lame duck. >> the president's inaugural address tomorrow is a tradition that dates back to george washington in 1789. the president plans to look ahead more than back in the speech. let's get some insight from the wall street journal columnist. what are your thoughts on what the president needs to say in order to be most effective, to best set himself up, going into the next four years? >> reporter: well, i don't know. we will find out what he and his aides have decided about that, just about 24 hours from now. i think a second inaugural
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address is always a little bit difficult, you know? a first inaugural, everybody's new and excited and it's like superman coming out of the telephone booth and showing you the big "s" on his chest. a second inaugural is like, hi, it's me again. so you want to -- you want to try to make it fresh and new anyway. and i think this president has a real opportunity to think big, be thematic, maybe even name what he thinks has been and is the great theme and intention of his presidency. so it's an opportunity for that. everybody who is interested-- the sort of people who watch -- will be watching -- that's a heck of a lot of americans. we will see how it goes and how he approach its. >> as somebody who has been a presidential speech writer, can you give us any inside view on
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to what extent do you think the address will have been written by barack obama. they say he is sketching out parts of it himself on a yellow legal pad. >> the obvious one is that these words are the president's. he can never say something he doesn't mean. you know, george bush in 2004, the last -- second inaugural had some very strong words about the intentions and motivating forts forces behind his administration -- well, that was just classic thinking of george w. bush. you know? these presidents own these documents in an unusual way, not just in the moment, but they all go into the history books. and historians being born now will be studying them 40 years hence. >> it's funny when you see the lines that have gotten the most attention, john f. kennedy, ask
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not what you can do -- not what your country can do for you, but what you can do per your country. they whereabouts the biggest lines at the time. but over time, they became important. how important is it for barack obama to find that one line that is important to his approach of governing? >> i hope he's not thinking about that. i think he is not. a line is a sentence and a sentence is a thought. it only lasts and breaks through and has meaning if it is a real thought. writing is thinking. when you can listen to a speech and hear the thinking, then that's a real document, you know? you can't just write lines. never try to do that. >> last time around, it was under 20 minutes, which was good, people approach brevity, especially on a cold day. we will see how long it is this
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time. >> the president has stepped into his second term in an intimate setting inside the white house. the inauguration is supposed to bring the nation together. but it is no secret that the country is politically divided, perhaps more than ever before. let's get some perspective from our political experts, karl rove in new york, joe trip pyis here in washington. good to have you. thoughts on this as we get ready for an inaugural address, the president's second. first, joe? >> well, i think -- look, he's clearly going to -- the speech tomorrow's going to be about bringing people together, about us all being in this together. but it gets to the specifics. i don't think he will talk about specifics. i think that will happen in the state of the union address, where he gets -- whether it's going to be immigration or the other issues, yes, we are divided as a country on -- i think he will press those at the state of of the union.
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tomorrow, it will be a bigger, broader speech about coming together and common cause for the country. >> karl? >> i think it will be a moment where the country comes together. but two points. one is we have to be careful about the difference between rhetoric and performance. four years ago, president obama struck a bipartisan note, called for a new coming together, but it didn't happen. one reason it didn't happen was a note that -- that you ran earlier in the piece of footage, where the president said, i'm here because we have chosen hope over fear, unity over conflict and discourse. that was dismissing his political opponent as a candidate of fear this. mind-set of, you know, us versus them, rather than us altogether as colored a lot of the last four years and left the president in a precarious point. this is the other point i would make, take a look at the gallup job approval at the start of a second term. dwight eisenhower, 73, reagan and clinton, 72, george w. bush,
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52, nixon 51, friday, obanna in the gallup powell, 48% job approval. the country is narrowly divided, bitterly divided in spl respects. there are big issues and the question is whether the president tries to bring people together or follows a pattern of confrontation and conflict. >> karl, on the issue of immigration, your old boss, george w. bush tried to bring people together and didn't manage to do it. president obama may have an easier path than former president bush did because of the changing demographics and the pressure that the republicans are feeling from the latino community? >> well, remember, president bush worked in a bipartisan fashion, john mccain, republican. ted kennedy, the lead sponsor, a democrat, president bush working in concerts 3 years. i would remind you, president obsmga was one of the people in the senate who voted to kill
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that bipartisan immigration reform, voting for every killer amendment offered up by the labor union. there is an element in the republican party, many of us believing that the issue must be settled. but the question's going to be, will the president work in a bipartisan fashion on this? or will he attempt to use it for partisan gain as he has the last four years? he could have taken this issue off the table in 2009 or 2010. but it wasn't apparently important enough for him to deal with. how will he approach the issue? bipartisan or confrontation? >> on the flip side, joe ogun control, there doesn't seem to be a lot of indication that the president has reached out to the other side on this issue. in fact, all indications are there is going to be this effort to go grassroots and really put the pressure on from the outside. >> he started his move, to move his campaign organization into
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an issue advocacy organization yesterday, with his campaign apparatus running this thing. i think that is going to -- it will be interesting to see how that changes the lame duckness ever a president, for lack of a better way of putting it. having all of those people organize out there, does that extend at this time reach to get some members of congress in both parties to -- to move from a reaction of the grassroots, not just the president. i agree with karl when he talked about the approval ratings of these past presidents, traditionally, every one of the presidents has lost 10 points or double digits in their approval rate from this first term to the end of the second term. if you look at starting at 48, that's a long way down. only two presidents have avoided that, ronald reagan and bill clinton have avoided that double-digit drop in the approval ratings.
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does this new way of mobilizing the grassroots and ground the agenda -- does that help him? and in both of those cases, it was the economy improving in those second terms, i think, that made them avoid that risk. if he can pull that off, maybe he his approval will go up, not down, we'll see. >> karl and joe, as always, thank you. >> do you want to walk down the hall and talk to them? >> i was going to follow up with karl, but i thought better of it. >> we are going to show you the preparations on cp tol hill. they are busy beavers on the mall. you can see the united states flag and next to it, the two flags of the state of illinois, when it became a state in the union nhonor of where president obama -- his home state. >> you always have the nuggets. good stuff. our special look at the inauguration weekend continues after this. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals.
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including the five flags. tomorrow's inauguration ceremony will be held on the west side of the capitol, as it has been since ronald reagan piewfed it from the east side in 1981. senior national correspondent john roberts is there. >> reporter: hey, good afternoon to you. what a great thing that reagan did. the view from the platform, looking down the mall at the washington monument is nothing short of spectacular. on the platform, we are watching final rehearsals. james taylor left the stage. kelley clarkson and beyonce will be here later today and then the big party tomorrow, as we inaugurate the 57th president of the united states. the official theme is faith in america's future. it was a,a ded -- adopt bide sharlz schumer who believes in the next few years, the atmosphere of toxic partisanship will begin to fade here in washington. >> one of the messages -- there are a bunch in this election -- please, no more obstruction, try
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to work together. i think people are beginning to feel that. not everybody. there are 50 people, way out there in the house. but speaker boehner has resolved not to let them dictate policy. >> not everyone is as optimistic as shiewp schumer is. tomorrow, they will be here, 1600 people up here, representing all three branches of government. most people expect comity and respect will be the order of the day. but evan bayh believes by tuesday morning, they will be back to the same old fights. >> the politics is just very divisive, with the extremes in both parties punishing any sort of compromise. it used to be back in my father's time and my early days, compromise was an act of statesmanship, for too many, it's an act of betrayal. >> tomorrow, when the president gives his address, it will be all about finding common ground.
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former white house chief of staff in the bush administration, talked to me about that yesterday. he remembers well, the tensions surrounding george bush's first ineggeration and he hopes that president obama uses the word "i" a whole lot less and the word "we" a lot more. >> when the united states was formed, our founders took great pains to distinguish our government from the european ancestors. that meant representation, not tyranny, a president, not a king. and the first step of the president, the oath of office. >> i franklin, del nor roosevelt, do somlely swear i. i george walker bush. >> do solemnly swear. >> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear. >> it's been taken over each president, usually over a bible with the eyes of the world watching. >> the office is the honor and the responsibility that is bestowed upon one individual to
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protect the united states, to protect the citizens of the united states, to honor the ideals of the constitution. >> george washington first added so help me god to the oath, a tradition president obammal continue as he takes that pledge once more on abraham lincoln's bible. our first president made a 250 mile journey on horseback and the nation celebrated a new dawn. >> this was the passing of power to a man who could have been king, but refused it. and then each successive inauguration was a celebration, even to today, to obama's inauguration, it's a celebration of that fact that twee didn't make our chief executive king. he wouldn't be a kick. he would pass it on. >> we traded royalty for representation. we said goodbye to god save the king to embrace we the people.
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it is the most tankible, visible picture of our representative governments. >> since thomas jefferson's inauguration, we have seen the three branches of government come together for the event. >> we have the executive branch, the president of the united states, holding up his hand, taking an oath, given by the supreme court of the judicial branch. this has all been on the steps of the u.s. capitol. >> much has changed, including the site of the inauguration, ronald reagan moved the ceremony from the east front of the capitol to the west front, to face his beloved california. the date has changed from march 4 to january 20, to shorten the lame-duck session of congress. this year, the 20 -- 20th falls on a sunday, so the public event is on the 21st. democracy is the binding thread of the event, even in the wake of bitir elections. >> it is an uplifting moment, whether we supported that particular candidate or not.
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it is like a rebirth, every single time that we are able to witness that peaceful moment when this incredible responsibility is bestowed upon one person. >> think the country comes together in the inauguration period because we have this common pride in the fact that we are a democracy that has survived. that's very rare. >> for a president, it's a moment to be savored. >> it's his greatest moment. the brief moment where he can celebrate and enjoy the fact that he got elected. >> many inaugurations have marked important events in history. >> abraham lincoln, after the emancipation from clamation, he had african-americans participate in the inaugust rat parade. this was the first. this was a symbol that we had abolished slave radio and moved on. >> i think about bill clinton. he used beautiful language to say, this ceremony takes place
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in winter, but we are the spring. and that was a really hopeful kayfo to prepare america for big changes coming. >> sometimes, there has been tragedy. >> the inauguration of the nineth president, william henry harrison, he walked around in the snow rehearsing his speech. he got pneumonia after delivering the speech and he died. he was a great figure in history and might have been a great president. >> there are the more unusual moments. one of my favorites was alice recognize velt, the daughter of teddy roosevelt. he was an extremely popular president. she was an even more popular daughter of the president. so when they had the inaugural raid and all of these people were cheering and creaming when the roosevelts came by, alice started waving to the crowd. it upset her father who had to pull her aside and say, alice, this is my inauguration, not yours. >> it is a time for great celebration and pageantry,
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complete with a parade and the famous inaugural ball. >> it's an opportunity for those who have supported the president -- supported the election, to come together and to celebrate. >> sally mad son was the first to preside over a ball with a buff velvet dress, which was very beautiful and very american because he didn't wear diamonds like a queen, she made a statement, wearing pearls, that's more appropriate for a first lady. >> as the crowd swelled, it will be a testament, not to one man, but to the greatness of america. >> this is the one time that our country really does truly come together. >> we have an amazing government. ronald reagan said that this this every four-year ceremony, we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle. that is something that everyone can celebrate. >> great. >> nicely done.
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>> thank you very much. >> the president and the supreme court... we will preview that. >> that's going to be an interesting thing to watch over the next four years. how will they interact in the second term? who if any of the justices are likely to go, now that they see that a democratic president has been re-elected. that's next, as our special inauguration weekend coverage rolls on. >> i barack, husays obam ado solemnly swear. >> i barack hussein obam do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability preserve and protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> thank you mr. president. >> thank you, mr. chief justice. thank you so much.
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>> welcome back. you are looking live at some of the floating being put together for the big parade tomorrow. there are eight custom design floats. there are more than 10,000 participants in the parade tomorrow. it's a mile and-a-half long. but it is quite something to see, as you look at one of those great shots. we don't have these all the time. isn't that great? we have do this all the time. >> really putting on its best face. >> i think we should do this all the time. >> i think we should steal these for special report. >> done. >> president obama has had a distinctive relationship with the highest court in the land. he has publicly criticized the justice, but they upheld his signature accomplishment, the health care law. shannon bream is live outside the high court with what to expect the next four years. >> i snuck inside. i am inside. outside tomorrow. good to see you. you know, with four justices in
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their 70s, including ruth bader ginsberg, it is likely that president obama will have the opportunity to nominate another justice or more, and with his picks, the court is evenly split with kennedy often serving as a swing vote. president obama won by partisan support in the first two picks. there is plenty of speculation that he could go with a more progressive nominee if he gets a chance. >> i think the president will come under immense political pressure to swing for the fences. i think you will hear a wlot of activist groups pushing him hard to make what they would view as a home run appointment, a liberal who can articulate the message on these issues. >> any nominee will have to go through the senate, who say they
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feel obligated to defer to the president's picks, unless they are outside the thought. >> if we lose the white house in 2016, the whole court's going to change. i want to win. you cannot expect the change 200 years of history, you can't expect to lose the election and get the control who goes on the court. you can push back, if it's an extreme pick. but at then of the day, the elections have consequences. >> there are no indications at this point that any of the justices plan to leave the bench any time soon, but the retirement watch will heat up this year, as it always does when we get to the end of the term, may or june. >> thank you. >> let's bring in our panel, charles krauthammer and kir sten powers and steve hayes. let's talk about the supreme court. there is a chance here, as shannon mentioned that kir sten,
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that president obama could have four supreme court justices, depending on how all goes on this court. you look at a legacy, forget legislative achievements, that's what presidents leave -- legacies. >> i think this is an area, if you want to talk about him being extremely transformational, this would transform the country in ways that when i hear conservatives talk about the impact oh 'bama wants to of on the country, i think this is real. he would -- he would -- he has already shown he will chose somebody very progressive and very smart and very qualified and will fight for those people. if he is able to appoint that many people, it will be truly transformational. >> have you five conservatives -- if you include kennedy and there is a question mark there. but have you five conservatives on the court. only two of whom are advanced in age, justice scalia and justice
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kennedy, who are both 76, 77. what are the odds of either of them stepping down in a democratic president's term. >> if their health remains good, the odds are probably zero. these justices have a lot of energy. they are committed to their division of the constitution and they will not step down, if an opposition president is in power and they know that there could be a shift in the court because right now, that shift would occur if you replaced scalia with a liberal. so i -- and this is traditionally -- liberal justices stay on until the bitter end, until a democrat is re-elected. but i would add, if you include in the conservatives and also, if you include roberts. because there was a split on the decision on the health care act where apparently, if you listen to what was said, even if you look at the decision, it looks as if roberts changed his mind. he had been with the conservatives and at the last
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minute -- i think the residue of that is still there. we don't know how it will affect the future decisions. but there is something of a cleavage in the conservative camp. >> have you big cases upcoming. you have defense of marriage act. you have proposition 8. have you things that really could change the face of how this country deals with big issues. >> with a different makeup of the court, you would expect very different outcomes. one of the things that is interesting when you look at the republican senate right now, is their willingness to fight, or apparent willing tons fight on the nominations. i think you have heard from lindsay graham, the old-school view of presidential picks. this is the president, elections have consequences. we owe some difference to the commander in chief, the chief executive when he makes these picks. but we have have seen a willing business to fight on chuck hagel. i expect that to continue. potentially on john brennan.
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is this a preview of what we might expect down the road with the president's supreme court picks? >> what of the talk of harry reid, the majority leader in the senate, possibly getting rid of the filibustir, the sole tool to stop a vote on certain matters? it is not clear what matters would be -- he would be getting rid of the filibuster on? >> this has been in discussion. it could be a very minor change to the filibuster, versus something major. so i think eye am inclined-- the reason that harry reid is so other than ked, it has stopped business in the senate. they want to be able to bring bills up and to have the filibuster be used for things it's meant to be used for and for people to filibuster, not threat tone filibuster and gum up the gears of the senate. >> speaking of gear, let's change gears to the speech tomorrow while we have you.
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charles, what about this message that he is going to bring -- how tough will it be for president obama to knock down president obama the first time and to still touch chords that raise the country up as his aides seem to say he is going to do tomorrow. >> within a week of this inaugural, he said publicly that republicans are suspicious of government's activity in relieving hunger among the young and the poor. you sort of have to wonder what kind of tone he's going to have. i think what we will look for in the inaugural, i expect it will be from a loft perspective, historral and not in any way partisan. but i would like for any indication of that. i think his state of the union address will be highly partisan and reflect the attack on republicans that he has carried out since the election day. the inaugural is a place where you have to do the malas toward none that -- and he sees
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himself, i think, in many ways as sort of an heir of linkon. -- link lincoln. >> i would suspect not. but with obama, you never know. >> it was reported in trying to get a fiscal cliff deal, president obama threatened the republicans that if they didn't get on board, he was going to use his inaugural address and state of the union address to publicly humiliate them -- which would have been unprecedented. >> i believe those threats. listen, if you listen to what david plouffe said this morning on "fox news sunday." he said the president's going to share with the country, a message talking about the need for common ground and coming together. in the next breath, he said, we have done extensive research about what the election results mean and they mean that everybody agrees with us and the republicans have to comp --
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compromise. that's almost literally what he said am. so i expect him to talk about common ground and then i expect we won't see it. >> bam bottom has been a firwall president, protecting the progressive agenda, essentially, the protector of liberalism in many ways, allowing -- won't allow row v. wade to be overturned, won't allow regulations to be scrapped at epa. we can make a hundred of those. he is the "you are not going to get past me "presidents president. it's hard to call transformation, but he's in a defensive posture. you are not disbog unravel the liberal agenda of the last 50 years on my watch. >> that sounds like it was written by president obama. that is not something that any neutral observer of the president would say, and not something most progressives would say. i don't think he has been quite the hardliner that people have
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made him out to be. i go back to the health care, he really tried to make it something that republicans would like. he used health care exchanges, which came from the heritage foundation, it is not single payer and nationalized health care. if liberals had what they wanted, it's so far from what president obama has done, they sellivate for the things that my colleagues talk about, frankly. >> panel, thank you very much. >> we'll go back to brit hume and chris wallace. >> our special coverage continues after this. what are you doing? nothing. are you stealing our daughter's school supplies and taking them to work? no, i was just looking for my stapler and my... this thing. i save money by using fedex ground and buy my own supplies. that's a great idea. i'm going to go... we got clients in today.
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obama operation -- organizing for action now it's going to be called. this means that this machine that got president obama this amazingly high turnout for a president second term with a weak economy, is going to be turned to other purposes. it's easy to say, oh, well, you know... mid-term elections for our president, a second term, never turn out very well for his party. look, these people did something amazing. i wouldn't underestimate their ability too keep on doing this. this is the greatest act of voter mobilization in history nmy view. it got the president re-elected. the database is massive, way up in the millions. i think they can doubtless generate pressure on members of congress on legislation and perhaps more importantly than that, they can generate voters to try to protect the president's party in the mid-term elections in two years. >> let me ask a follow-up. the people on the list will be democrats who voted for barack obama. so they are going to call up and
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pressure their representatives. what are the odds that some republican up against the barack obama agenda will be persuaded? >> that's why i mentioned 2014 as more important. if you get the turnout -- if the republicans can't match this in some way, in terms of voter mobileization, they are going to be in trouble. they are going to be outnumbered. what has happened here -- what used to be registered voters who didn't vote in great numbers and were not likely voters -- the obama team has managed to turn these beam -- these people into like lie voters. it may not affect the people in the big republican districts because you were going to get them anyway. but if everyone is concerned and you don't have the apathy that sets in with the incumbent party in a second term, you are in a much stronger position. >> i can see how that really pays off in immigration,
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especially with the robber -- pressure on the republicans in an outreach to the hit panic community, looking at 2014 and 2016, saying they have to reach out to their community because it's the fastest growing population. but on gun control, it seems like, it might be a lot tougher for that group to hit those -- >> yeah, but red state democrats are important. there are a bunch of red-state democratic carps up for re-election in 2014, like prior in arkansas and landrieu in louisiana. they have to get them on board. and i want to make one point about all of this, people are saying, he's going to play this outside game, as if there is something wrong with that. there is nothing wrong with that. reagan played an outside game. he would make speeches and go above the heads of congress. his line was, if you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat. he would get people to call their congressmen in droves. the switchboards would be jammed
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up on capitol hill. i am not saying he will be able to do it, but the idea of a president using outside pressure to try to get public support to then put pressure on the folks on capitol hill is a time-other thanked tradition. there is an image that reagan and tip o'neill bargained -- no. reagan, on most issue it's taxes, spending, regulation -- beat tip oneme's brains in and he just was more effective at mobilizing public support. if barack obama can do it, more power to him. >> it's the oldest kind of politics -- organizing, harnessed to the newest political technology, a very powerful instrument. >> with familiar faces leading it. >> david plouffe is good at this. >> what kind of -- what is the chance of the republicans losing control of the house in 2014? what is -- what are the chances of that? right now, that's the only thing standing between barack obama
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enacting a much bolder, more left-leaning agend amount of have you touched on the dream for the democrats. the dream for the democrats is, he began with unified control of the house and the senate. the first two years. his last two years and this would go against the idea of the lame duck, hahe ends up with unified control of both houses of congress. a lot of the ways he could do this is by positioning republicans on a lot of these issues. he did a pretty good job on the fiscal cliff and made the republicans look bad. the republicans wouldn't vote for tax increases for millionaires -- for tax increases for millionaires. you could do it on guns, you could do it on immigration. you have a lot of tough issues s and you force the republicans to make ugly votes and that's their strategy. that's their strategy to take control of the house. >> the premise of that scares enough republicans into enough action to get mobilized. >> look at what just happened. the republicans in the last day
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or so, punted on the debt ceiling. i think that was smart. but the reason they did it was they thought a trap had been set and if they didn't, they would look bad. i think that's what would have happened. but that's an idea what have chris is talking about. >> chris, brit, thank you. >> you have a leak in your roof, you if i can it, right? >> but what happens when the capitol building this has a lot of leaks? we'll show you, after the break. mine was earned in djibouti, africa, 2004.
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>> if you own a home, you know how tough and expensive it can be to keep it up, year after year. imagine what it's like for the building behind me. one of the most famous in the world. it's about time for some major repairses to the capitol itself. >> reporter: everything in congress is a conflict these days, the struggle to resolve the cliff at 2:00 a.m. on new year's day, the lengthy clash over hurricane sandy and the lack leaky roof. >> the old dome needs rehabilitation. to not fix it would be like not fixing your roof. >> reporter: it's in pretty bad condition, says the democrat
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on the mantle. >> the inside of the dome were a human body, i would say, it need ace stent. >> reporter: it's riddled with cracks, and the famous fresco is threatened. lightning strikes, storms and a bizarre 5.8 earthquake haven't helped. republican senator voted against the spending measure to fund congress last year because it didn't include money for an overhaul. >> it is not something we are doing all the time, but we have to maintain the structural integrity of the dome and the capitol. >> reporter: the last thing congress wants to do is approve money for itself, when it's awash in red ink. the original capitol dome was disbreen made of copper, but it was never expected to be permanent. now a cast iron dome was supposed to be in place by the mid1950s itch there was a reluctance in the civil war,
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congress cut off funding for the dome. when president lincoln was informed and people said, this is terrible, they shouldn't be doing something that is not military. linkon said, no, no, this is a sign of the continuity of the union. >> reporter: fight fights kept congress from including money for the dome in the last big spending bill. lawmakers from both parties expect money to appear in the next spending measure, due in the spring, opening a narrow, four-year window for repairs. >> take a good look. it is going to be covered in scaffolding between now and the next inauguration. >> reporter: if you have had a leak in your own home, have you probably usessed one of these. the price to fix the dome is $61 million, but when the nation's running a $16 trillion deficit, well, that's just a drop in the bucket. >> props, all right, chad. comings up after the break, who gave the shortest inaugural address in history? followous twitter.
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